Thursday, 24 April 2014

Tracks Aplenty

Frank Tashlin tries a gag from an overhead perspective in “Porky’s Railroad” (1937). Porky’s old-fashioned, decrepit steam engine is pulling 11 cars. When they get into a rail yard, the cars separate onto different tracks then come together again when the rail line becomes a single track again.

Tashlin apparently didn’t worry about a consistent background. These are two consecutive frames. The soundtrack isn’t cut so there was no edit of the final film; Carl Stalling keeps chugging along with “California, Here I Come.”

Bob Bentley and Joe D'Igalo are the credited animators. Volney White was in the Tashlin unit at that time, too.

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